Now, I will admit that I don't know much about British history or royal history. I mean, sure, we've all heard of Henry VIII and all of his wives. Anne Boleyn is a pretty common character too. I *always* remember in the movie Steel Magnolias, when Clairee says Anne Boleyn had eleven fingers and one of the other girls asks who Amber Lynn is. I was pretty much the same, had no clue. It wasn't until many years later that my interest started to turn to this time and place in history. I don't recall now what started it but I do know that I had watched the movie The Other Boleyn Girl and was fascinated. I know I had read a book around that time that was also about this general time in history, and it sort of took off from there.
I'm still a complete history noob in this area but I have been reading more books that seem to be connected to the Tudor times, and continue to be fascinated. I don't know how accurate the show is . . . I guess it would depend what historian you want to believe anyway . . . but this post is going to be about *the show.*
There is one scene during the happy days of Henry courting Anne where they are going out for their morning ride, Anne already on her horse when Henry comes out and smiles and says "Good morning, sweetheart." Awww, I could watch that one little bit over and over. He's so polite and charming and gentle there. It's visually beautiful. Ah, it's just one of those random little things that strikes you and sticks with you. Love it. And in that very same scene Cardinal Wolsey is trying to walk out to meet Henry and is stopped by the guards because this is the start of his downfall. He's crying out to Henry, pleading in a confused sort of panic, and Henry just ignores him rides away ... like a bastard.
And Henry was so in love with Anne for so long while he fought to have her, it was sad to see how fast that died away and he moved on to the next one.
Ohhhh. Em. Gee.
(Sheri - He is Theseus in Immortals.)
There are plenty of other characters too but those were some of my favorites. I'm not sure how I feel about Cromwell. I didn't like him at first, then he grew on me, but now I'm not sure anymore. Anne's father was an ass all around. When he was in prison and fearing he'd be executed along with the rest of them, then sort of giggled when he found out he was being released, I loved how Charles threw him up against the wall and got in his face, asking him if it was worth it to him, if he'd watched his son die. And what a bastard when he was released and turned to look back and Anne was waving and he just walked away . . . knowing she was about to die. I'll need to Google him and see what happened to him after that. I hope it was miserable. Gah!
I had wondered what the show would be like after Anne's execution, which came at the end of the second season. I certainly don't know any of the history after that, just that Henry continued to marry and behead wives . . . hehe. And sure enough, I'm only a couple episodes into the third season and there is a definite change. He's married to this lovely lady Jane now and she's all about peace and trying to reconcile Henry and his daughter Mary. I Googled her and thought her story would continue to keep the show drama filled and end with sadness because she gives Henry the all-mighty male heir but dies in the process, but so far the focus of this season is the religious battles and that is something that I can never keep straight in my head. I also don't like that so many of the familiar characters are gone now, and the new ones they've brought in just seem to try too hard to be cool. The eye-patch pirate bandit bully guy? Please. The king's new whore? Please. I will continue to watch though and hope it can get back to something as powerfully addicting as it was up to this point.
Again, I don't know how accurate the show is historically speaking. I'm pretty darn sure the people were not all beautiful like they are in the show . . . LOL! So I will continue to just go with it and lose myself in the show, the characters, the stories.
How about you? Did you watch The Tudors when it was on? Did you catch it later like me? What are your thoughts on the show, or on the real history if you're a history geek? I'm all ears on this one.